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NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? February 2016
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
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Sold out Tuesday 5 April 2016 - Show of Hands: Long Way Home Tour - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Performing as a duo once more, the original format that launched their careers over twenty years ago, don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness two master craftsmen at work. Phil and Steve are looking forward to presenting their unrivalled partnership of uncompromising song writing and dynamic musicianship in some more up-close and intimate venues. This is a very special gig prior to them opening their new Album tour at The Globe in London. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Nearest other tour venues are Dorchester sold out, Yeovil, Bristol, and Minack Theatre (see www.showofhands.co.uk).

 

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Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 12 February 2016
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Same format as last time: Part the First for a full listing of all events for the next 4 weeks, both previously notified and NEW, followed in Part the Second by a selection of newly notified events, some well into the future, and Part the Third - various other stuff.

***** Part the First *****

Saturday 13 February 2016 8pm - Tom McConville - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Support: Nigel Sture & Les Noden. Tom is a father figure among folk fiddlers. Winner of BBC2’s Folk Musician of the Year, and he has worked with virtually everyone who is anyone in Folk Music. A fantastic fiddler (a major influence on Seth Lakeman), a sweet singer, and a renowned Tynesider. Nigel and Les are stalwarts of the Devon folk scene, marvellous musicians and singers, and a fine compliment to Tom. £12, adv or concs £10. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full programme at www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.
Coming next: Saturday 12 March - Martin Carthy

Saturday 13 February 2016 8pm - Reg Meuross - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
After 10 album releases Reg Meuross has returned to the solo format which inspired him to write and sing in the first place. December is a collection of 10 of the most beautiful songs which go straight to the heart and we are delighted that Reg has chosen to do his first album preview gig at Hope Hall. Many will know award winner Reg for the extraordinary intimacy of his live solo performances, and it’s the countless requests at these unique events for ‘the one that sounds just like what we’ve just heard’ that have inspired the production of this distinctive and entirely solo album of new songs. www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £10. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Saturday 13 February 2016 - Andy Quick & Full Band - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Doors 7pm. Andy has performed at the UK's major festivals and showcases his feisty and uplifting back catalogue with the help of his band of virtuoso performers. Expect soaring arrangements and clap your hands, feel good music from the Land of the Giants and Flying Orchestra front man. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

NEW Saturday 13 February 2016 - Sound of the Sirens - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
A foot-stomping, crowd-engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion and chemistry. These girls know how to rock a stage, and have the ability to make you believe in every word they sing. Individually, their voices tell their own tale but when blended together their harmonies leave the listener wanting more. ”…they are as tight as a drum, it doesn’t get much better than this” Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2. Details, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!sound-of-the-sirens/ug6bm. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Sunday 14 February 2016 7.30pm - Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party - Tavistock Wharf (map)
A singer who seems to have been born knowing how to carry a tune but with the rarer gift of knowing how to go straight to the heart of a song. Fay has played with Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron since touring her first solo album, Looking Glass. The trio line up expanded for Orfeo in 2012 to include Andy Cutting and Roger Wilson and, for Old Adam in 2016, Ben Nicholls and Toby Kearney have been added to the mix. All the musicians sing and play a variety of instruments and they’re involved for their approach to music-making and flare for bouncing off each other as much as for what they play. Fay’s partner Jon Boden also features on the albums, and there are guest appearances from Martin Simpson. The Hurricane Party is a movable feast, seeking to reinvigorate old songs and then take them out to reach new ears.
www.fayhield.com. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2674_fay_hield.

Sunday 14 February 2016 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion explore traditional music and song and their related themes with energy, brilliance and spontaneity. www.gigspanner.com. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 16 February 2016 8pm - Rosie Eade Duo - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
BFC welcomes back singer/guitarist/whistle player Rosie described as a "sprightly and pleasing blend of contemporary singer-songwriter and folk stylings." Rock-n-Reel, 2013. Her voice has been likened to the voices of Kate Bush, Maddy Prior and Grace Slick, yet inspired by The Who as much as Steeleye Span. Her visit will be as a duo with percussionist Niall Robinson on cajon, tabla, bodhran + vocals. The repertoire will be mainly her original songs many in a strong storytelling form, but will also includes a selection of her favourite folk songs and covers of bands who have inspired her musical journey. www.rosieeade.co.uk. Support will include the band Dreamstate . Final line up will appear on Bradninch Folk Club's Facebook Group page www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk. £5 entry.

NEW Wednesday 17 February 2016 - Jurassic Folk & Jam - Eyre Court Hotel, 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY
A reminder of the new regular combined Jurassic Folk and Jam session taking place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month (except August), back  in Seaton in the air-conditioned conservatory of the www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk. For details see www.jurassicfolkandjam.com or telephone Andrew or June on 01404 46451. Mobile 07976 533520.

Friday 19 February 2016 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Teigny Lastic Band - Teignmouth Rugby Club, Bitton Park Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9DQ
Caller Joan Holloway. Charity fundraiser for Teignmouth Refugee Support. Tickets (include hot supper) £10 / £12 door. £5 U15s. Tickets available from Teign Hardware, Brunswick Street, Teignmouth. Further details from Fran on 01626 770318 or 07812 013488

Friday 19 February 2016 7.30pm - Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Jim Jones aka Small town Jones, has in the past played support slots to Ray Davies, Ethan Johns, Damien Jurado & Sara Watkins to name a few and the title track of his last album “Freightships was played on Radio 2. “Night Full Of Ghosts” the first single of his new album “Sky down to the ground” also received airplay on BBC Radio 2, while his honest style of songwriting and soulful acoustic sound has earned him praise from the likes of Ray Davies and Ivor Novello Award winner Iain Archer. “Songs of unpretentious honesty - like a British Ron Sexsmith” - Dec 2015 – UNCUT. www.smalltownjones.com. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Final night at the Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club (see below)
Friday 19 February 2016 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Two of the British Folk scene's most accomplished performers. Miranda Sykes is known as the third member and double bass player/singer of Show Of Hands, since 2004. Apart from her excellent double bass playing she also plays guitar and has a superb soulful voice. She is a fine interpreter of many genres of music. Rex Preston is a real master of the mandolin with his flamboyant and inventive playing style. He also plays Bouzouki plus vocal accompaniment. www.sykespreston.com. Support: Nine Pound Catfish (featuring Ian Gardner, Jane Gardner & Graham Butterfield). Tickets: £11 adv; £13 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family). Info / ticket enquiries contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 19 February 2016 8pm - Clive Carroll - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. He is an outstanding musician and entertainer and we are thrilled to have booked him for Milverton. He has played with and collaborated with a who’s who of Acoustic guitarists both in the UK and Internationally. This will be an amazing evening. Call 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com to book your tickets. Doors 7.30pm. Bar. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 19 February 2016 - Kodo - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Based on Sado Island in Japan, Kodo, Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble, made its debut in 1981, at the Berlin Festival. Since then, they have vigorously worked with many taiko drums in all shapes and forms as well as other traditional instruments and tour extensively across five continents. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Friday 19 February 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music. 8pm The Drones Club; 9pm; 9.15pm Fraich Airs with dances taught by Carrie & Jenny; 9.45pm Bal/Fest Noz with Fraich Airs. Beginners Welcome. Doors 7.45pm. Contacts: email daccordexeter9@gmail.com), tel. 01392 811593. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Saturday 20 February 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Steve's new one-man show. Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/335913. Tel 01392 879107 (?, The Topsham Society)
. Steve has further local 'All At Sea' dates at Calstock (Wednesday 24/2) , Kingsand (Sunday 28/2) - All details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.

Saturday 20 February 2016 7.45pm - Exmouth Shanty Men with Sidmouth Town Band - Manor Pavilion Theatre, Manor Road Sidmouth EX10 8RP
Tickets £10 from the Theatre Box Office Tel 01395 514413 (10-2 Mon-Sat). A shared evening concert for the Sidmouth Lions and raising funds for "Headway Devon”.

Saturday 20 February 2016 8pm - The Living Tradition - Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD
A concert celebrating Devonshire music: with Moor Music Trio, Andy Clarke, Maggie Duffy, Mariners Away, Ross Causley
Devon-born and bred Andy Clarke is a professional musician and singer who delights in the songs of his native county, particularly those collected by Dartmoor squarson and polymath, Sabine Baring-Gould. Maggie Duffy has been a well-known performer in the South Devon area for many years, her songwriting being particularly inspired by the area in which she lives. Mariners Away maritime singers come from the middle of Dartmoor, taking their name from the old track, Mariners Way, from Bideford to Dartmouth, and will be contributing shanties collected from John Perring of Dartmouth. Moor Music Trio are Mark Bazeley (melodeon & concertina), Jason Rice (piano accordion) and Rob Murch (banjo), traditional Dartmoor musicians who have been playing since they were children, inheriting the tunes and style from their family predecessors. Lively and skilled, they’re much in demand both locally and further afield. A proud Devonian from Pinhoe, Ross Causley is known at singarounds around the county for his humorous and unique interpretation of West Country songs, both traditional and contemporary. He also has a couple of quite famous relatives… So a real mixed bag to show just how vibrant our local traditions are! Tickets £8 (£5 members) available in adv from Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366 or online www.wegottickets.com/event/345637.

Saturday 20 February 2016 - Jennifer Crook Trio - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Doors 7pm. ”Musically, I think ’Carnforth Station’ presents me in a more authentic way than my previous recordings” says the singer songwriter, composer and noted harpist Jennifer Crook. ”It draws on so much of my musical history and diverse influences (elements of trad Irish, bluegrass and alt country), and yet there is an overall coherence to it, as well as an honesty in both the performances and the songwriting that I feel we have really been able to capture on this record”. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Saturday 20 February 2016 7.30pm - Holly Ebony and Hearth - Community Space at St John the Baptist Church, Littlehempston TQ9 6LY
Singer-songwriter Holly Ebony www.hollyebony.com hosts a cosy night out filled with solace and song to warm your cockles on a cold winter night. In addition to Holly's evocative and powerful songs, we are thrilled to introduce sensational new vocal trio Hearth, featuring Fran André, Faith Burch and Holly Ebony - all showstopping soloists in their own right whose voices combine into something sublime! With luxuriant under-floor heating, this beautiful and characterful little rural church will become our home for the evening, with chai and treats to ensure you are wholly nourished, body and soul! Doors 7pm. Entry £7 (cash only, booking advised). Info/tickets contact holly.ebony@live.co.uk. Car park.

Sunday 21 February 2016 7.45pm - John Kirkpatrick - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
An icon of English folk music, John has been a member of the Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson Band, Brass Monkey, etc, having featured on over 200 recordings. Best known as a squeezebox virtuoso (melodeon, anglo concertina, button accordion), he is also a songwriter, composer, choreographer and musical director.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 21 February 2016 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Ange Hardy - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony. Shortly after winning FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year award in January 2014 she was referred to by veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of the bright stars of the new wave of folk singers” Heralded by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians” for her five star Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a bag of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, a 27-string Salvi Harp and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, £8(+) advance from www.wegottickets.com/event/348215 or Paragon Books, High St., Sidmouth.

Wednesday 24 February 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Steve's new one-man show. All details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.
Steve has further local 'All At Sea' dates at Widecombe (Thursday 17/3) - details on the website.

Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After nearly 50 years on the road Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. This year's Spring Tour presents a more intimate take on the band's repertoire. This concert will showcase brand new songs and tunes from the band's 2015 album Myths And Heroes. - however, favourites from the band's back catalogue will not be forgotten. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507.

Thursday 25 February 2016 - Turin Brakes - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing.
Turin Brakes return to Exeter Phoenix with the release of their seventh studio album. With a UK top 5 hit to their name and over 1 million records sold worldwide, these folk rockers are a force to be reckoned with. www.turinbrakes.com. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/turin-brakes. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 25 February 2016 8pm - Austin Lucas and Adam Faucett - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A double dose of peerless Americana from neo - bluegrass Texas punk Austin Lucas, a man for whom the phrase 'wearing your heart on your sleeve', might have been written. Expect haunted country songs emanating from the mouth of a man who knows about long nights on the road and constant heartache, but for whom the joy of redemption is only a beer away. www.austinlucasmusic.com. Compared to Gordon Lightfoot, Arkansas singer Adam Faucett has the voice of an angel that's been set on fire, and the look and soul of a feral biker. www.adamfaucett.com. Promises to be an interesting evening for sure. Tickets £12 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862, door £14.

James Findlay Trio
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
James Findlay won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010. His amazing voice and distinctive guitar and fiddle playing stood out among a very strong group of contenders. In a short space of time James has developed a strong stage presence all of his own. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him. Besides the Young Folk Award, James had also been a winner in the ‘New Roots’ national competition in 2008. James’s guitar playing style shows an obvious influence from English folk guitarist Nic Jones, whose music formed a soundtrack to the Findlay household in his formative years. Martin Carthy’s rhythmic, percussive accompanying technique became a template from which James has evolved his own unique and highly accomplished style. Likewise, Dave Swarbrick has been a formative figure in James’s fiddle playing. James is joined in his trio by the multi-instrumental talents of John Dyer and Alfie Gidley to offer an outstanding evenings entertainment. www.jamesfindlay.co.uk.
Thursday 25 February 2016 - Combeinteignhead Village Hall TQ12 4RG
Friday 26 February 2016 - Scoriton Village Hall TQ11 0JB
Saturday 27 February 2016 - Bradninch Guildhall EX5 4NN
Sunday 28 February 2016 - Throwleigh Village Hall EX20 2JA

Friday 26 February 2016 7.15pm - Crow Puppets - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. www.crowpuppets.com.

Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Angel Snow and Matthew Perryman Jones - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
A special double header from two rootsy US singer-songwriters who have recently been making waves in their native country. Angel Snow toured the UK last year and knocked audiences out with her dynamite voice and her songs - two of which have been covered by bluegrass legend, Alison Krauss. Matthew Perryman Jones was described by American Songwriter magazine as having a “...voice that ensnares listeners with a rare authenticity and gritty strength”, while Performing Songwriter Magazine went even further noting Jones as a talent that follows “in the footsteps of Leonard Cohen and John Lennon.”  Tickets £12 adv from the venue tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/347900.

Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Luke Daniels: Revolve and Rotate - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke is one of the UK’s most gifted and inventive musicians, forging a reputation as front man in his own right and as a virtuoso melodeon player for Ian Anderson, De Dannan, Riverdance and The Cara Dillon Band. Luke’s latest project, Revolve and Rotate, is a suite of six new 100 second pieces played on a c1880 Polyphon machine, combined with live performance. The extraordinary music created by this perfect alignment of musical creativity and Victorian master engineering remains a vital chapter in the development of British popular music. Mass produced in varying sizes for a European market between 1880 and 1914 by the company that became Deutsche Grammophon, the Polyphon’s success owed much to traditional dance tunes that were arranged concentrically on its large steel discs for mass public consumption and represented the democratisation of British Folk music. www.lukedanielsmusic.com.

Friday 26 February 2016 - Nessi Gomes & The John Langan Band - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map).
Info, samples www.nessigomesmusic.com and www.thejohnlanganband.com. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Martha Tilston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Her new tour is a sparky union of folk, acoustic, trip-hop and electronica. With her longtime collaborators and musicians Matt Tweed and Matt Kelly, among others they entwine raw vocals, sparkling melodies and thoughtprovoking lyrics with filmic movements and earthy baselines. To see them live is to connect with longed-for parts of ourselves… ‘Martha Tilston has carved her niche with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. It is an engrossing set.. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life, with the salt of sea air almost palpable.’ The Guardian ‘Sit down with a cup of chai tea and let her silky voice wash over you.’ The Independent. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Luke Daniels - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke Daniels’ talents as a singer-songwriter are becoming widely recognised. Immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics exploring love, life, doubt and faith and the idea that happiness and hope spring from what we have in common, rather than what we can acquire as individuals. Currently a regular member of The Cara Dillon Band. Daniels is one of the UK’s most gifted and inventive musicians and having found a new identity as a songwriter/folk vigilante, is excited to be taking his contemporary acoustic folk in a new direction. ‘Exceptional songwriting and intricate guitar work’ Songlines; ‘Virtuoso melodeon music’ Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/luke-daniels.
Pre-concert talk and demonstration of original Polyphon music device (c. 1880) from 6pm:.Revolve and Rotate is a suite of 6 new 100 sec pieces composed by Luke (played via six 19 5/8″ discs with live performance combined) as a unique way of augmenting his solo shows and festival appearances this year. Via a partnership with Renaissance Discs, the UK’s leading restorer of mechanical music machines, Luke has developed a new method of “programming” electronic music from midi files onto standard 19 5/8″ discs for original Polyphon machines. These concentrically arranged pieces run at 1.4 rpm and hold around one hundred seconds of music for each revolution.

Saturday 27 February 2016 7pm - Plymouth Morris Men's 46th Annual Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Woolwell Community Centre, Plymouth PL6 7TR (map)
Tickets £8 include a pasty. Booking details on www.plymouthmorrismen.org.uk.

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Plymouth Albion Rugby Club, Brickfields Recreation Ground, 25 Damerel Close, Plymouth PL1 4NE
Doors 7pm. A great evening's entertainment to raise funds for Plymouth Samaritans. www.bluejewel.info. Ceilidh and a hog roast. The event takes place in the Midas Marquee. Tickets £15 can be reserved by contacting Andy on 07973 442186 or by email chairman@plymouthsamaritans.org.uk.

Sunday 28 February 2016 - Will Varley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Rambling folk singer Will Varley is gearing up for the release of his third album Postcards From Ursa Minor, a master-class in song-writing that pushes the boundaries of the ‘one man and a guitar’ format. From rowdy drinking songs with sprawling chaotic arrangements to his sparse solo performances he covers a range of subjects with his trademark sprinkling of social commentary, politics and wry humour. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/will-varley. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 28 February 2016 - Boo Hewerdine & Findlay Napier - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The multi talented but charmingly modest Boo Hewerdine brings his wonderful songs, sweet guitar playing and singing and his self deprecating humour back to Kingskerswell along with Findlay Napier one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing. ‘Findlay Napier is one of the finest writers and performers I have ever met. We made his album VIP together. Probably the most rewarding creative experience I have had for a long time. I can promise that between us we will be almost ridiculously entertaining!’ Boo Hewerdine. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

NEW Rescheduled from 7 February
Sunday 28 February 2016 - Steve Knightley - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS
Steve's new one-man show. All details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.

Monday 29 February 2016 7.15pm - Crow Puppets - Bread and Roses, 62, Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. www.crowpuppets.com. Free. www.breadandrosesplymouth.co.uk/events.

NEW Only West-Country tour date
Wednesday 2 March 2016 8pm - Phil Beer Band - The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL
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A unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner (Little Johnny England), Steve Crickett (Arizona Smoke Review), Nick Quarmby (Colvin Quarmby), Olivia Dunn (Mad Dog McCree) and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues once again this year. Box Office: 01823 283244. www.thebrewhouse.net.

Zulu Tradition
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Zulu Tradition is company of young Zulu singers and dancers from KwaZulu Natal, in South Africa. They deliver a heady mix of African harmonies (traditional songs as well as Afro-Gospel) and energetic, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed and supported by drum-rhythms. Zulu reaches back into the past to preserve ancient skills while stretching forward towards contemporary Africa. Their songs are both traditional and original. Imagine a youthful, mixed gender Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high kicks! Their stage shows are exciting, enthralling and hugely entertaining and they attract very enthusiastic audiences. “Powerful traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums and glorious vocal harmonies. Guaranteed to hold any audience spellbound.” www.zulutradition.com.
Wednesday 2 March 2016 - Lustleigh Village Hall TQ13 9TA

Amalthea: Flute and Harp Fantasia
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Amalthea charms the audiences with their unique programmes and ability to create a beautiful and unforgettable atmosphere. Classically trained, Klio and Siobhan draw inspiration from both the baroque and classical eras as well as from different cultures and continents thus creating a unique blend of sounds. They have performed both as soloists and ensemble players in venues such as St Jamess Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Wallace Collection, St Johns Smith Square, The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Modern, Shakespeare Music Society, The Blenheim Music Circle, The Royal Academy of Arts and Blackheath Halls in London and have recently toured Dorset as part of the Artsreach Touring Scheme. Amalthea will present works by Debussy, Mozart, Ravel and Shankar amongst others. www.amaltheaduo.com.
Wednesday 2 March 2016 - Longdown, Holcombe Burnell Church EX6 7RZ
Thursday 3 March 2016 - Ashprington, St David's ChurchTQ9 7UR
Friday 4 March 2016 - Sheepstor St. Leonard's Church PL20 6PF
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Awliscombe St. Michael's Church EX14 3AH

Thursday 3 March 2016 8pm - Theo Bard - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Inspired songwriter and live music obsessive, Theo Bard is to be found in all the most beautiful, unusual and intimate music spots across the UK, singing his own unique brand of urban folk. His expert picking on the guitar, bold beats and uplifting lyrics combine to make a sound that is both timeless and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of his beloved London. He's also the man behind the legendary Woodburner nights that bring together the wealth of talent in London's acoustic music scene in some of the most beautiful venues Hackney has to offer. £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Red Dirt Skinners
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
The band's rule-breaking individuality has led to them being the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards. The band’s music has wide appeal and comfortably blends Blues, Americana, Folk and Country Music. Audiences the world over describe them as “refreshingly different”. From the first song of the show, it is immediately evident that they love performing live. The Skinners’ close vocal harmonies have been described as “sublime” and “beyond perfection”. Rob and Sarah particularly love the opportunity to interact with audiences both during and after their shows. www.reddirtskinners.com. Tickets £7 from The Red Lion or tel 01363 775468. A Villages In Action event; also appearing at the following VIA venues (see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for details):
Thursday 3 March 2016 - Buckland in the Moor Community Hall, TQ13 7EW
Friday 4 March 2016 - Highweek Village Hall, TQ12 1QA
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Talaton Parish Hall, EX5 2RJ

Friday 4 March 2016 - Leveret - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Leveret features three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.  See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Rosa Rebecka: Travels With My Grandmother’s Guitar - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A singer-songwriter with a reputation for intimate and engaging acoustic performances, Rosa Rebecka moved from Sweden to Devon to study the English Folk tradition, sharing her Swedish musical heritage with new audiences. This one woman show tells the story of its central performer, a 110 year old guitar, through story and song, mapping out a family story spanning the generations with Rosa’s own emotionally charged songs interspersed with Swedish folk music and family favourites. Rosa’s Great Grandmother Katrina was born on a tiny island in the Swedish archipelago. When she was a girl she was given a guitar, one of the very first to be made by the famous Levin company in Gothenburg. She died tragically young, leaving five small children, who inherited her love of music and this very special instrument, passed down from mother to daughter ever since. In Travels With My Grandmother’s Guitar, Katrina’s guitar is joined by a host of other instruments, from her son-in-law’s mandolin to a Tibetan singing bowl, each with its own tale to tell. Rosa Rebecka’s haunting, clear voice tells personal stories of love and loss which are at the same time universal tales of life and hope. www.rosarebecka.com. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 5 March 2016 7pm - Ceilidh / Barn Dance with Spinach For Norman - Parish Hall, Bratton Clovelly, Okehampton EX20 4JT
Tickets adv £7.50 (£2.50 accompanied U14s), door £8.50 (£3.50). Contact: Martin Henning 01837 871498 / s4n@talk21.com. www.spinachfornorman.com. Fundraiser for Bratton Clovelly Music and Arts Festival - September 2017.

Saturday 5 March 2016 7pm - Concert and Talk: Richard III - Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG
A unique musical event celebrating the life and times of the infamous King Richard III by the folk rock band The Legendary Ten Second , based on their three concept albums about the life and times of Richard III. www.thelegendary10seconds.co.uk. Ian Churchward of the band will also talk about the aspects of Richard III’s life which inspired the songs on their albums. The music is played in an English folk rock style with a strong medieval influence and has received much critical acclaim. A great idea, chronicling the life and death of King Richard and ending with the finding of his remains in a car park in Leicester. Interesting blend of rock, folk and medieval-sounding music. Local supporting act 'Renaissance Folk' will be singing traditional British folk songs and Renaissance music. Tickets adv £7.50, email enquiries@torquaymuseum.org or call 01803 293975, £8.50 door. Doors 6.15pm, refreshments available. Money raised from the concert will be used by Torquay Museum, a registered charity, to help conserve and display its extensive collection of artefacts.

Saturday 5 March 2016 - Wille And The Bandits - Studio 1, Dartington
Wille & the Bandits’ music covers a wide range of genres from rock to world music to blues and roots. With the versatility of Wille’s lap steel and guitar playing, the rhythmic diversity of percussionist Andrew Naumann and the sonic range of Matt Brooks’ upright bass and six string electric bass, they always keep audiences guessing. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/wille-and-the-bandits.

Tuesday 8 March 2016 8pm - Spring Session at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons’ Half Hours with Roger Smith, Pennymoor Chorus. Guest MC Leith Whittington

NEW Wednesday 9 March 2016 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Colebrooke Parish Hall
Box office: 01363 84309 or sandsgraham@talktalk.net

Thursday 10 March 2016 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel), have joined forces as an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, with a programme of beautiful folk music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe. www.cosgraveandbanks.com. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Thursday 10 March 2016 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album, is a mixture of retrospective solo and duo arrangements recorded during an afternoon at the esteemed Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Live at Southern Ground features Martin on Weissenborn… a traditional Hawaiian acoustic guitar played across the lap, resonators and archtops, and of course Daniel Kimbro on upright bass. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martin-harley-daniel-kimbro.
Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 10 March 2016 - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return for Mill favourites Rag Mama Rag. Husband and wife duo, Ashley and Deborah, deliver a barnstorming mix of 20's and 30's Mississippi Blues and ragtime, alongside original compositions. Playing everything from lapsteel and bottleneck guitar, to dobro, ukulele, washboard, harmonica, spoons and African drum, they'll have your feet tapping and a smile on your face from start to finish! www.rag-mama-rag.com. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

Jim Causley
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Jim Causley is a renowned Devon-based folk singer and musician with a range of solo show options available, including a West Country material themed show (traditional and original songs); A Charles Causley-themed show or a general evening of his own songs and traditional material. Jim became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple. After studying Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West Country. A skilled entertainer, Jim is well-known for his natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed and playful stage presence. www.jimcausley.co.uk.
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Starcross St Paul's Church EX6 8QB - tickets online www.wegottickets.com/event/345111 or Alison Miles 01626 890957.
Friday 11 March 2016 - Puddington Village Hall EX16 8LP
Saturday 12 March 2016 - Peter Tavy Village Hall PL19 9NS
Saturday 19 March 2016 - Clayhidon Parish Hall EX15 3PL

Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - North East meets South West - Bogan House, 43 High St, Totnes TQ9 5NP (map)
A concert in celebration of folk music and song performed by local musicians. Traditional and contemporary folk song and music followed by a performance of Hidden Hexham, a short concert piece written by Alistair Anderson. Wine and fruit juice available. Collection for Medecins Sans Frontieres.

UPDATED First concert night at the Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - Double Bill: Jenna Witts / Simon Barron -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Jenna Witts is a talented singer and songwriter from North Devon with an excellent voice, who has supported Show Of Hands on 5 nationwide tours, including a notable appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. She has toured and played alongside such names as Seth Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends and Elkie Brooks. She has released three critically-acclaimed albums, her latest being Hitchhiker. Jenna plays keyboards and acoustic guitar. www.jennawitts.com. Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. www.sibarron.eu, www.barronbrady.com. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).
More 2016 Club dates:
Friday 8 April - Martyn Wyndham-Read
Friday 10 June - John Kirkpatrick
Friday 23 September - Pete Coe
Friday 21 October - Les Barker
Friday 18 November - Jim Moray

Friday 11 March 2016 8.30pm - The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
We’re delighted to welcome back guitar maestro Nicolas Meier, one of our most popular performers at Calstock Arts. This time he’s joined by Pete Oxley, with a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America and English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more! For their live gigs, the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project play with spontaneity and an intuitive interplay that keeps them fresh. Expect the unexpected! Nicolas is also part of guitar supremo Jeff Beck’s band and is taking time out for this short tour of the UK, to promote his new album. Pete regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, Bobby Wellins and John Etheridge. “Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this”. ~ The Observer March 2015. Sample video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzCE0mD9Nfg.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 11 March 2016 7.15pm - Dumbo’s Feather - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Traditional Irish/Scottish/World folk trio comprising fiddler Alice McShane and multi-instrumentalists Mike Cosgrave and Richie Evans. Free.

NEW Friday 11 March 2016 7.30pm  - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7:30 pm to 10:30. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome.  Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at
www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

***** Part the Second *****

NEW Saturday 12 March 2016 7.30pm - ‘Sing Me Her Story’ - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Wren Music celebrate International Women’s Day. Special guests join members of the Wren Band Sarah Owen and Marilyn Tucker with Amy Wilson in a celebration of the unsung heroines of women’s history. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

NEW Monday 14 March 2016 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
An exclusive, up close and personal evening for a limited number of customers with multi-award winning top British folk duo. Tickets include 3-course meal and live performance. Sean learned his trade and travelled the world for a decade with folkpopsters ‘Equation’, before going on to orchestrate the sound of his little brother ‘Seth’, producing his most successful albums and scooping many awards. In 2015 Kathryn was asked to join the iconic 70’s folk rock band Fotheringay thus stepping into the shoes of the late great Sandy Denny. To book your seat, or to find out more details, please contact The Brook Inn on 01752 297604. www.facebook.com/events/778061345672322
. Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 17 March 2016 8pm - St. Patrick's Night Ceilidh with Dumbo’s Feather - Exmouth Pavilion, Esplanade, Exmouth, EX8 2AZ (map)
Caller Martin Hodge. Free entry before 9pm The popular Devon-based traditional Irish/Scottish/World Folk trio is comprised of three vastly experienced musicians, fronted by the remarkable fiery fiddle playing of Alice McShane, and augmented by multi-instrumentalists Mike Cosgrave, who is one of the most sought-after acoustic musicians in English folk music and one of the region’s busiest multi-genre musicians, Richie Evans. For further information, please contact Exmouth Pavilion on 01395 222477 or visit www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/book-now/st-patricks-day-ceilidh.

UPDATED Saturday 19 March 2016 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Rumpus - Cuthbert Mayne School, Trumlands Road, Torquay TQ1 4RN
Caller Allan Sutton. In aid of Torquay Operatic Society funds. Tickets (adv only) available from Pat Harding 01803 323801. Tickets (includes ploughman's supper) £10 or £25 for family of 4. Plenty of parking on site.

NEW Monday 25 April 2016 8pm - Spirit of Ireland - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Spirit Of Ireland, now celebrating 30 years touring worldwide, was Irish dancing’s first national and international success story. The production has gone from strength to strength, evolving over time to become one of the most exciting and popular cultural, dance and music products to come out of Ireland. Featuring a cast of champion dancers and musicians, this diverse production offers the audience a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance. The Spirit of Ireland prides itself in respecting core traditions of Irish music & dance culture with a team of talented and highly respected musicians, singers & dancers, who provide a truly authentic experience. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15614.

NEW Saturday 30 April 2016 8pm - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
BBC Radio 2’s current Folk Singer of the Year, Nancy Kerr performing with husband James Fagan. Together they have twice won Best Duo at BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards. Nancy’s earthy fiddle playing marries perfectly with the rhythm of James’ bouzouki, and their melting vocal harmonies bring a magical quality to their evocative story telling. Tickets £14, available from 01363 82379, email mick@theheartofdevon.co.uk or via www.theheartofdevon.co.uk. Licensed bar.

NEW Saturday 21 May 2016 8pm - Eliza Carthy & Martin Carthy - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Martin and Eliza join forces to perform songs from their first duo album of traditional material. For more than forty years Martin has been one of Folk music’s greatest innovators, enjoying musical partnerships with Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick, Norma Waterson and many more. Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation, performing with a diverse array of artists including Paul Weller and Rufus Wainwright. She has revitalised modern Folk music with her intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performances. Eliza Carthy nominated Best Singer in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Details, sample etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 4 June 2016 8pm - Gilmore & Roberts - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Nominated Best Duo in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning song writing with astounding musicianship and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Twice nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (vocals, guitar) have played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. “Katriona and Jamie maintain their place at the forefront of contemporary roots-folk songwriting.” fRoots.
Details, sample etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW 30 July-27 August - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
One of Europe's leading music summer schools. In Week 2 (6-13 August) folk and poetry continues to be an important part of the programme: Northumbrian pipes-player and fiddler Kathryn Tickell returns to run a folk course, and Sally Davies directs the Dartington Folk Choir. The poet Jo Shapcott leads a poetry writing course. Concerts burn with a poetic intensity, from late night harpsichord music and Chopin’s complete Mazurkas, to a celebration of Kathleen Ferrier and Jane Glover’s Mozart’s Women. Operatic fireworks, Baroque brilliance – and a ceilidh too! See www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/ for details, brochure etc.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 4 February 2016
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

My dilemma on how best to present the almost overwhelming wealth of live music events in my coverage area (loosely defined as 'southern Devon' or 'roughly 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes) continues: Today I've opted in Part the First for a full listing of all February gigs, both previously notified and NEW, followed in Part the Second by a selection of newly notified events, some well into the future, and Part the Third - various other stuff.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for February
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

***** Part the First *****

Friday 12 February 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
As if being one half of the most acclaimed duo in UK folk, Show of Hands, Steve Knightley is a phenomenal solo performer and songwriter. He has now turned his attention to maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales. His new show is called "All at Sea" and Steve says "As a West Country songwriter I have written so many songs of Seafarers, Pirates and Smugglers. Now I'm able to sing them with sound of the sea in the distance.” Tickets £18, £5 U18s from www.theflavel.org.uk or 01803 839530.
Steve has further local 'All At Sea' dates at Topsham (Sunday 20/2), Calstock (Wednesday 24/2), Widecombe (Thursday 17/3) - details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.

Friday 12 February 2016 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome. Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at
www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 12 February 2016 - Café Culture - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
Finally, for the moment, next month's Cafe Culture will be on Friday, 12th February, when we welcome a selection of the poets included in the Poets for a Liminal Age anthology, which is in aid of Medicins Sans Frontiere. Also included with be a mini launch of Graham Burchell's new poetry book, Cottage Pi, from the same publisher, and music from the exceptional blues guitarist Phil Gravett. Hosts: Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

Friday 12 February 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Sam Hill - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
One of our first ever Gallery Bar Special performers back in 2010, veteran Scottish singer songwriter Sam Hill Jr is back on the road promoting his latest album. Sam’s music nods towards bluegrass and folk but is hard to put into any one box. With his rich, warm, distinctive voice, he performs from the heart. “From early on as a songwriter I was drawn towards John Prine, Neil Young, John Martyn, Paul Simon and Randy Newman, but I’ve never had the desire to write in any one genre or to sound like someone else”.
www.samhilljr.co.uk. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to Sam please. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Sold out Friday 12 February 2016 8pm - Jim Causley - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
More details etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Saturday 13 February 2016 8pm - Tom McConville - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Support: Nigel Sture & Les Noden. Tom is a father figure among folk fiddlers. Winner of BBC2’s Folk Musician of the Year, and he has worked with virtually everyone who is anyone in Folk Music. A fantastic fiddler (a major influence on Seth Lakeman), a sweet singer, and a renowned Tynesider. Nigel and Les are stalwarts of the Devon folk scene, marvellous musicians and singers, and a fine compliment to Tom. £12, adv or concs £10. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.
Teignmouth Folk Concerts 2016 programme www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk:
12 March - Martin Carthy (+ Dick Miles)
9 April - Alistair Anderson
14 May - The Wilson Family (+ Andy Clarke)
11 June - Paul Metsers (+ Amanda Diamond & Eddie Wheaton)
13 August - Geoff Lakeman
10 September - Sally Barker
10 December - QuickSilver

Saturday 13 February 2016 8pm - Reg Meuross - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
After 10 album releases Reg Meuross has returned to the solo format which inspired him to write and sing in the first place. December is a collection of 10 of the most beautiful songs which go straight to the heart and we are delighted that Reg has chosen to do his first album preview gig at Hope Hall. Many will know award winner Reg for the extraordinary intimacy of his live solo performances, and it’s the countless requests at these unique events for ‘the one that sounds just like what we’ve just heard’ that have inspired the production of this distinctive and entirely solo album of new songs. www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £10. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Saturday 13 February 2016 - Andy Quick & Full Band - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Doors 7pm. Andy has performed at the UK's major festivals and showcases his feisty and uplifting back catalogue with the help of his band of virtuoso performers. Expect soaring arrangements and clap your hands, feel good music from the Land of the Giants and Flying Orchestra front man. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Sunday 14 February 2016 7.30pm - Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party - Tavistock Wharf (map)
A singer who seems to have been born knowing how to carry a tune but with the rarer gift of knowing how to go straight to the heart of a song. Fay has played with Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron since touring her first solo album, Looking Glass. The trio line up expanded for Orfeo in 2012 to include Andy Cutting and Roger Wilson and, for Old Adam in 2016, Ben Nicholls and Toby Kearney have been added to the mix. All the musicians sing and play a variety of instruments and they’re involved for their approach to music-making and flare for bouncing off each other as much as for what they play. Fay’s partner Jon Boden also features on the albums, and there are guest appearances from Martin Simpson. The Hurricane Party is a movable feast, seeking to reinvigorate old songs and then take them out to reach new ears.
www.fayhield.com. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2674_fay_hield.

Sunday 14 February 2016 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion explore traditional music and song and their related themes with energy, brilliance and spontaneity. www.gigspanner.com. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

NEW Friday 19 February 2016 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Teigny Lastic Band - Teignmouth Rugby Club, Bitton Park Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9DQ
Caller Joan Holloway. Charity fundraiser for Teignmouth Refugee Support. Tickets (include hot supper) £10 / £12 door. £5 U15s. Tickets available from Teign Hardware, Brunswick Street, Teignmouth. Further details from Fran on 01626 770318 or 07812 013488

NEW Friday 19 February 2016 7.30pm - Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Jim Jones aka Small town Jones, has in the past played support slots to Ray Davies, Ethan Johns, Damien Jurado & Sara Watkins to name a few and the title track of his last album “Freightships was played on Radio 2. “Night Full Of Ghosts” the first single of his new album “Sky down to the ground” also received airplay on BBC Radio 2, while his honest style of songwriting and soulful acoustic sound has earned him praise from the likes of Ray Davies and Ivor Novello Award winner Iain Archer. “Songs of unpretentious honesty - like a British Ron Sexsmith” - Dec 2015 – UNCUT. www.smalltownjones.com. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Final night at the Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club (see below)
Friday 19 February 2016 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Two of the British Folk scene's most accomplished performers. Miranda Sykes is known as the third member and double bass player/singer of Show Of Hands, since 2004. Apart from her excellent double bass playing she also plays guitar and has a superb soulful voice. She is a fine interpreter of many genres of music. Rex Preston is a real master of the mandolin with his flamboyant and inventive playing style. He also plays Bouzouki plus vocal accompaniment. www.sykespreston.com. Support: Nine Pound Catfish (featuring Ian Gardner, Jane Gardner & Graham Butterfield). Tickets: £11 adv; £13 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family). Info / ticket enquiries contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 19 February 2016 8pm - Clive Carroll - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. He is an outstanding musician and entertainer and we are thrilled to have booked him for Milverton. He has played with and collaborated with a who’s who of Acoustic guitarists both in the UK and Internationally. This will be an amazing evening. Call 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com to book your tickets. Doors 7.30pm. Bar. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 19 February 2016 - Kodo - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Based on Sado Island in Japan, Kodo, Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble, made its debut in 1981, at the Berlin Festival. Since then, they have vigorously worked with many taiko drums in all shapes and forms as well as other traditional instruments and tour extensively across five continents. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Friday 19 February 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music. 8pm The Drones Club; 9pm; 9.15pm Fraich Airs with dances taught by Carrie & Jenny; 9.45pm Bal/Fest Noz with Fraich Airs. Beginners Welcome. Doors 7.45pm. Contacts: email daccordexeter9@gmail.com), tel. 01392 811593. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Saturday 20 February 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Steve's new one-man show. Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/335913. Tel 01392 879107 (?, The Topsham Society)
. Steve has further local 'All At Sea' dates at Calstock (Wednesday 24/2), Widecombe (sold out Thursday 17/3) - All details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.

Saturday 20 February 2016 7.45pm - Exmouth Shanty Men with Sidmouth Town Band - Manor Pavilion Theatre, Manor Road Sidmouth EX10 8RP
Tickets £10 from the Theatre Box Office Tel 01395 514413 (10-2 Mon-Sat). A shared evening concert for the Sidmouth Lions and raising funds for "Headway Devon”.

Saturday 20 February 2016 8pm - The Living Tradition - Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD
A concert celebrating Devonshire music: with Moor Music Trio, Andy Clarke, Maggie Duffy, Mariners Away, Ross Causley
Devon-born and bred Andy Clarke is a professional musician and singer who delights in the songs of his native county, particularly those collected by Dartmoor squarson and polymath, Sabine Baring-Gould. Maggie Duffy has been a well-known performer in the South Devon area for many years, her songwriting being particularly inspired by the area in which she lives. Mariners Away maritime singers come from the middle of Dartmoor, taking their name from the old track, Mariners Way, from Bideford to Dartmouth, and will be contributing shanties collected from John Perring of Dartmouth. Moor Music Trio are Mark Bazeley (melodeon & concertina), Jason Rice (piano accordion) and Rob Murch (banjo), traditional Dartmoor musicians who have been playing since they were children, inheriting the tunes and style from their family predecessors. Lively and skilled, they’re much in demand both locally and further afield. A proud Devonian from Pinhoe, Ross Causley is known at singarounds around the county for his humorous and unique interpretation of West Country songs, both traditional and contemporary. He also has a couple of quite famous relatives… So a real mixed bag to show just how vibrant our local traditions are! Tickets £8 (£5 members) available in adv from Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366 or online www.wegottickets.com/event/345637.

Saturday 20 February 2016 - Jennifer Crook Trio - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Doors 7pm. ”Musically, I think ’Carnforth Station’ presents me in a more authentic way than my previous recordings” says the singer songwriter, composer and noted harpist Jennifer Crook. ”It draws on so much of my musical history and diverse influences (elements of trad Irish, bluegrass and alt country), and yet there is an overall coherence to it, as well as an honesty in both the performances and the songwriting that I feel we have really been able to capture on this record”. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Saturday 20 February 2016 7.30pm - Holly Ebony and Hearth - Community Space at St John the Baptist Church, Littlehempston TQ9 6LY
Singer-songwriter Holly Ebony www.hollyebony.com hosts a cosy night out filled with solace and song to warm your cockles on a cold winter night. In addition to Holly's evocative and powerful songs, we are thrilled to introduce sensational new vocal trio Hearth, featuring Fran André, Faith Burch and Holly Ebony - all showstopping soloists in their own right whose voices combine into something sublime! With luxuriant under-floor heating, this beautiful and characterful little rural church will become our home for the evening, with chai and treats to ensure you are wholly nourished, body and soul! Doors 7pm. Entry £7 (cash only, booking advised). Info/tickets contact holly.ebony@live.co.uk. Car park.

Sunday 21 February 2016 7.45pm - John Kirkpatrick - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
An icon of English folk music, John has been a member of the Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson Band, Brass Monkey, etc, having featured on over 200 recordings. Best known as a squeezebox virtuoso (melodeon, anglo concertina, button accordion), he is also a songwriter, composer, choreographer and musical director.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 21 February 2016 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Ange Hardy - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony. Shortly after winning FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year award in January 2014 she was referred to by veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of the bright stars of the new wave of folk singers” Heralded by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians” for her five star Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a bag of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, a 27-string Salvi Harp and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, £8(+) advance from www.wegottickets.com/event/348215or Paragon Books, High St., Sidmouth.

Wednesday 24 February 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Steve's new one-man show. All details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.
Steve has further local 'All At Sea' dates at Widecombe (Thursday 17/3) - details on the website.

Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After nearly 50 years on the road Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. This year's Spring Tour presents a more intimate take on the band's repertoire. This concert will showcase brand new songs and tunes from the band's 2015 album Myths And Heroes. - however, favourites from the band's back catalogue will not be forgotten. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507.

Thursday 25 February 2016 - Turin Brakes - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing.
Turin Brakes return to Exeter Phoenix with the release of their seventh studio album. With a UK top 5 hit to their name and over 1 million records sold worldwide, these folk rockers are a force to be reckoned with. www.turinbrakes.com. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/turin-brakes. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 25 February 2016 8pm - Austin Lucas and Adam Faucett - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A double dose of peerless Americana from neo - bluegrass Texas punk Austin Lucas, a man for whom the phrase 'wearing your heart on your sleeve', might have been written. Expect haunted country songs emanating from the mouth of a man who knows about long nights on the road and constant heartache, but for whom the joy of redemption is only a beer away. www.austinlucasmusic.com. Compared to Gordon Lightfoot, Arkansas singer Adam Faucett has the voice of an angel that's been set on fire, and the look and soul of a feral biker. www.adamfaucett.com. Promises to be an interesting evening for sure. Tickets £12 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862, door £14.

James Findlay Trio
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
James Findlay won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010. His amazing voice and distinctive guitar and fiddle playing stood out among a very strong group of contenders. In a short space of time James has developed a strong stage presence all of his own. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him. Besides the Young Folk Award, James had also been a winner in the ‘New Roots’ national competition in 2008. James’s guitar playing style shows an obvious influence from English folk guitarist Nic Jones, whose music formed a soundtrack to the Findlay household in his formative years. Martin Carthy’s rhythmic, percussive accompanying technique became a template from which James has evolved his own unique and highly accomplished style. Likewise, Dave Swarbrick has been a formative figure in James’s fiddle playing. James is joined in his trio by the multi-instrumental talents of John Dyer and Alfie Gidley to offer an outstanding evenings entertainment. www.jamesfindlay.co.uk.
Thursday 25 February 2016 - Combeinteignhead Village Hall TQ12 4RG
Friday 26 February 2016 - Scoriton Village Hall TQ11 0JB
Saturday 27 February 2016 - Bradninch Guildhall EX5 4NN
Sunday 28 February 2016 - Throwleigh Village Hall EX20 2JA

UPDATED not Friday 5 February as previously listed
Friday 26 February 2016 7.15pm - Crow Puppets - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. www.crowpuppets.com.

Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Angel Snow and Matthew Perryman Jones - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
A special double header from two rootsy US singer-songwriters who have recently been making waves in their native country. Angel Snow toured the UK last year and knocked audiences out with her dynamite voice and her songs - two of which have been covered by bluegrass legend, Alison Krauss. Matthew Perryman Jones was described by American Songwriter magazine as having a “...voice that ensnares listeners with a rare authenticity and gritty strength”, while Performing Songwriter Magazine went even further noting Jones as a talent that follows “in the footsteps of Leonard Cohen and John Lennon.”  Tickets £12 adv from the venue tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/347900.

Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Luke Daniels: Revolve and Rotate - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke is one of the UK’s most gifted and inventive musicians, forging a reputation as front man in his own right and as a virtuoso melodeon player for Ian Anderson, De Dannan, Riverdance and The Cara Dillon Band. Luke’s latest project, Revolve and Rotate, is a suite of six new 100 second pieces played on a c1880 Polyphon machine, combined with live performance. The extraordinary music created by this perfect alignment of musical creativity and Victorian master engineering remains a vital chapter in the development of British popular music. Mass produced in varying sizes for a European market between 1880 and 1914 by the company that became Deutsche Grammophon, the Polyphon’s success owed much to traditional dance tunes that were arranged concentrically on its large steel discs for mass public consumption and represented the democratisation of British Folk music. www.lukedanielsmusic.com.

Friday 26 February 2016 - Nessi Gomes & The John Langan Band - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map).
Info, samples www.nessigomesmusic.com and www.thejohnlanganband.com. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Martha Tilston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Her new tour is a sparky union of folk, acoustic, trip-hop and electronica. With her longtime collaborators and musicians Matt Tweed and Matt Kelly, among others they entwine raw vocals, sparkling melodies and thoughtprovoking lyrics with filmic movements and earthy baselines. To see them live is to connect with longed-for parts of ourselves… ‘Martha Tilston has carved her niche with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. It is an engrossing set.. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life, with the salt of sea air almost palpable.’ The Guardian ‘Sit down with a cup of chai tea and let her silky voice wash over you.’ The Independent. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Luke Daniels - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke Daniels’ talents as a singer-songwriter are becoming widely recognised. Immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics exploring love, life, doubt and faith and the idea that happiness and hope spring from what we have in common, rather than what we can acquire as individuals. Currently a regular member of The Cara Dillon Band. Daniels is one of the UK’s most gifted and inventive musicians and having found a new identity as a songwriter/folk vigilante, is excited to be taking his contemporary acoustic folk in a new direction. ‘Exceptional songwriting and intricate guitar work’ Songlines; ‘Virtuoso melodeon music’ Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/luke-daniels.
Pre-concert talk and demonstration of original Polyphon music device (c. 1880) from 6pm:.Revolve and Rotate is a suite of 6 new 100 sec pieces composed by Luke (played via six 19 5/8″ discs with live performance combined) as a unique way of augmenting his solo shows and festival appearances this year. Via a partnership with Renaissance Discs, the UK’s leading restorer of mechanical music machines, Luke has developed a new method of “programming” electronic music from midi files onto standard 19 5/8″ discs for original Polyphon machines. These concentrically arranged pieces run at 1.4 rpm and hold around one hundred seconds of music for each revolution.

Saturday 27 February 2016 7pm - Plymouth Morris Men's 46th Annual Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Woolwell Community Centre, Plymouth PL6 7TR (map)
Tickets £8 include a pasty. Booking details on www.plymouthmorrismen.org.uk.

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Plymouth Albion Rugby Club, Brickfields Recreation Ground, 25 Damerel Close, Plymouth PL1 4NE
Doors 7pm. A great evening's entertainment to raise funds for Plymouth Samaritans. www.bluejewel.info. Ceilidh and a hog roast. The event takes place in the Midas Marquee. Tickets £15 can be reserved by contacting Andy on 07973 442186 or by email chairman@plymouthsamaritans.org.uk.

Sunday 28 February 2016 - Will Varley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Rambling folk singer Will Varley is gearing up for the release of his third album Postcards From Ursa Minor, a master-class in song-writing that pushes the boundaries of the ‘one man and a guitar’ format. From rowdy drinking songs with sprawling chaotic arrangements to his sparse solo performances he covers a range of subjects with his trademark sprinkling of social commentary, politics and wry humour. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/will-varley. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 28 February 2016 - Boo Hewerdine & Findlay Napier - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The multi talented but charmingly modest Boo Hewerdine brings his wonderful songs, sweet guitar playing and singing and his self deprecating humour back to Kingskerswell along with Findlay Napier one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing. ‘Findlay Napier is one of the finest writers and performers I have ever met. We made his album VIP together. Probably the most rewarding creative experience I have had for a long time. I can promise that between us we will be almost ridiculously entertaining!’ Boo Hewerdine. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Monday 29 February 2016 7.15pm - Crow Puppets - Bread and Roses, 62, Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. www.crowpuppets.com. Free. www.breadandrosesplymouth.co.uk/events.

***** Part the Second *****

NEW Saturday 5 March 2016 7pm - Concert and Talk: Richard III - Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG
A unique musical event celebrating the life and times of the infamous King Richard III by the folk rock band The Legendary Ten Second , based on their three concept albums about the life and times of Richard III. www.thelegendary10seconds.co.uk. Ian Churchward of the band will also talk about the aspects of Richard III’s life which inspired the songs on their albums. The music is played in an English folk rock style with a strong medieval influence and has received much critical acclaim. A great idea, chronicling the life and death of King Richard and ending with the finding of his remains in a car park in Leicester. Interesting blend of rock, folk and medieval-sounding music. Local supporting act 'Renaissance Folk' will be singing traditional British folk songs and Renaissance music. Tickets adv £7.50, email enquiries@torquaymuseum.org or call 01803 293975, £8.50 door. Doors 6.15pm, refreshments available. Money raised from the concert will be used by Torquay Museum, a registered charity, to help conserve and display its extensive collection of artefacts.

NEW Saturday 5 March 2016 - Wille And The Bandits - Studio 1, Dartington
Wille & the Bandits’ music covers a wide range of genres from rock to world music to blues and roots. With the versatility of Wille’s lap steel and guitar playing, the rhythmic diversity of percussionist Andrew Naumann and the sonic range of Matt Brooks’ upright bass and six string electric bass, they always keep audiences guessing. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/wille-and-the-bandits.

NEW Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - North East meets South West - Bogan House, 43 High St, Totnes TQ9 5NP (map)
A concert in celebration of folk music and song performed by local musicians. Traditional and contemporary folk song and music followed by a performance of Hidden Hexham, a short concert piece written by Alistair Anderson. Wine and fruit juice available. Collection for Medecins Sans Frontieres.

NEW Friday 11 March 2016 7.15pm - Dumbo’s Feather - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Traditional Irish/Scottish/World folk trio comprising fiddler Alice McShane and multi-instrumentalists Mike Cosgrave and Richie Evans. Free.

NEW Saturday 12 March 2016 7.30pm - ‘Sing Me Her Story’ - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Wren Music celebrate International Women’s Day. Special guests join members of the Wren Band Sarah Owen and Marilyn Tucker with Amy Wilson in a celebration of the unsung heroines of women’s history. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

UPDATED Sunday 13 March 2016 3pm - Phil Beer - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
A Sunday afternoon concert featuring the inimitable Phil Beer. Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and as well as Show of Hands, plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. Book tickets (selling strongly) by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/343068. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed.
Keep up to date with gigs Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed are organising at the southern end of the 'Riviera' by joining their e-circulation via info@maggieandmike.co.uk.
Tickets for their Ange Hardy concert at Churston on Saturday 23 April 2016 will be available shortly.
Latest addition to Maggie & Mike's programme: Ninebarrow at Galmpton on Sunday 25 September.

NEW Sunday 3 April 2016 8pm - Kris Drever with Siobhan Wilson - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Kris Drever's voice and guitar forms part of the backbone of today's contemporary roots scene. Widely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. Kris is joined here by Siobhan Wilson - Echoes of great artists such as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Nina Simone can be heard in Siobhan's songs. Siobhan says of her own distinct style 'I use my voice differently to many other artists, I'm not that interested in fashion and am more timeless.' www.krisdrever.com. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 3 April 2016 8pm - Maddy Prior - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Some forty years from her emergence on the late sixties folk club circuit, Maddy Prior is one of the most enduring, influential and respected artists in British music. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2630_maddy_prior.

NEW Wednesday 6 April 2016 7.30pm - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles on their 23rd annual spring tour. The band that has been variously likened to a "group of geography teachers" or ‘Bellowhead with bus passes’ doesn't seem to be slowing down. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion - all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15613.

NEW Friday 8 April 2016 8pm - Martyn Wyndham-Read - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Martyn has been involved with folk music for over forty-five years. He has worked with renowned singer and song collector Bert Lloyd. Over the years he has made around 24 albums and worked with many notable people in the folk world including Shirley Collins, the late Tony Rose, Pete Coe, Nic Jones, John Kirkpatrick and Jackie Oates. Also with his band, No Man's band, he teams up with Iris Bishop, Garry Holder and John Dipper. He has also led and been part of many projects including Maypoles To Mistletoe and Down The Lawson Track. Martyn has been a firm favourite in the folk venues for the last four decades or more with many songs inspired or originating from Australia, delivered with a fine voice and guitar and a relaxed manner. Support: TBC.  £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Tuesday 19 April 2016 - Seth Lakeman - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Seth has successfully steered English folk into the musical mainstream with his high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/seth-lakeman.

NEW 13-15 May 2016 - Riverdance - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
With an incredible two decades of global success since the show first burst into the public’s heart at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin 1994, this is an unmissable chance for UK audiences to reconnect a show that the Irish Times rightly described as ‘the original... the best’. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW 23-26 February 2017 - Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. Please note, Michael Flatley will not be performing in this production. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com. Early bird ticket offer available: All tickets for the performance on Thursday 23 February 2017 are £25, until Sunday 14 February 2016.

UPDATED Tuesday 26 May 2016 - Jackie Oates - Exeter Phoenix
Jackie is NOT at The Phoenix on Tuesday 26 May 2016 - she was there on Tuesday 26 May 2015. The Phoenix's website somehow led me there under "If you like this, try" for one of the currently listed folk events.

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Very few early bird tickets left, according to SFW's latest e-newsletter. See www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

***** Part the Third *****

Session News - Teignmouth
New venue for the last Friday 8pm Acoustic Folk and Blues Night - Palmers Tea Rooms, 51A Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DE tel: 01626 437120. Light snacks/non-alcoholic beverages available. Bring your own alcohol or purchase from pub next door. Enquiries/to book a spot telephone 07443 617076.

West Country Festivals
I've updated this section on the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk with as many 2016 dates as possible. Some site have guest lists up already, some don't. Blazin' Fiddles are headlining Dartmoor Folk Festival, for example.

Feature: World Unlimited / St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
World Unlimited is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation putting on great live music (and more) in a wonderful venue, exploring and presenting traditional roots and contemporary new musics developed and inspired from traditional sources.
Home-made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol. Free parking at the Parish Centre opposite. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee. Current programme includes:
(February dates already listed in full last time)
Monday 8 February 2016 - East Pointers
Saturday 13 February 2016 - Andy Quick & Full Band
Saturday 20 February 2016 - Jennifer Crook Trio
Saturday 27 February 2016 - Martha Tilston
Sunday 28 February 2016 - Boo Hewerdine & Findlay Napier
NEW
Friday 4 March 2016 - Leveret
Leveret features three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.
NEW Saturday 12 March 2016 - Eleanor McEvoy
2016 sees the release of the album Eleanor McEvoy Naked Music a further exploration of music alone in the studio , this time accompanied by Chis Gollon’s extraordinary paintings inspired by the tracks on the album. The unique first date of this tour in Gallery Different Percy St. London in January (where the paintings will on exhibition) has already sold out. "Her voice is clear and potently charged, one hundred percent believable, when her songs are bitter the acid burns your eyes, when they are sad you can taste the tears”. Sean Laffey Irish Music Magazine.
NEW Tuesday 15 March 2016 - Yves Lambert Trio
After wowing audiences on his 2014 tour which included a brilliant gig at Kingskerswell Parish Church, Yves Lambert is back with his Trio in the Spring of 2016. Well known for his charismatic stage presence, he is considered a reference point when it comes to Québécois folk music. Certain critics even regard him as a guiding light on the whole subject of Québec’s cultural heritage, through his long-time association with the band La Bottine Souriante, in which he was a founding member and pillar of the group from 1976 to 2002. For the past 30 years M. Lambert has been a driving force in giving traditional music the place that it deserves beyond the Québec and Canadian borders
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NEW Friday 18 March 2016 - Charlie Dore and Julian Littman
Charlie Dore’s own music is hard to label, but eclectic, contemporary folk is the nearest-accurate description - and Julian Littman, fresh from touring with his ‘other’ band, Steeleye Span, is always up for an improvised solo or two. Charlie is a multi-award-winning writer and although she has written for the great and the good, her live show reveals that actually she keeps the best songs for herself. ‘A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original‘ Guardian. ‘Beatific of voice, fragrant of melody and lyrically fearless’ MOJO.
NEW Saturday 9 April 2016 - Undercover Hippy
Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings together acoustic guitar, soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Jason Mraz meets The Cat Empire…on a protest march…at the Edinburgh Fringe. “This is about as real as music gets!”BBC Introducing.
NEW Saturday 16 April 2016 - Lucy Ward
Lucy Ward is a lyrical powerhouse, her beautiful words are laced with majestic imagery and meaning. Her voice is truly breath-taking, a rare beauty that shines through her authentic delivery. Her last album ‘Single Flame’ entered the official UK Independent Record Chart top 30 on release and was generally feted by the national press. It earned her a nomination for the prestigious Folk Singer of the Year Award at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards and was voted No 2 in Mojo Magazine’s Folk Album of the Year Chart.
NEW Saturday 30 April 2016 - 3 Daft Monkeys
Festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys bring their quirky and original approach to music to Kingskerswell Church In their famously intense and dynamic live shows, the band will be performing songs from their award-winning album Of Stones and Bones (Best Album, Spiral Earth Awards 2014), a collection of old, new and fictional Cornish tales of forbidden love, murder, rebellion, witchcraft and piracy. All delivered with “panache and a wicked vein of humour”. With a new 4-piece line-up, the band weave enchanting melodies with catchy choruses, virtuoso fiddle, rhythmic 12-string guitar, solid bass, hand-percussion kit and 3-part harmonies. With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms, will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance is irresistible.
NEW Friday 6 May 2016 - Sam Carter
‘The finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his Generation’ Jon Boden. Since Sam Carter released his debut album ‘Keepsakes’ in 2009, there has been a mounting excitement about this songwriter, guitarist and singer. He has performed in the Middle East and UK with the British Council ’Shifting Sands project, played to thousands as part of the all-star line-up for the tour 'The Lady: A Homage To Sandy Denny’, the Sweet Liberties project and (with Jim Moray) folk rock band False Lights, & won the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Sam’s second album ‘The No Testament’ was released in 2012, an album that saw the singer reinvent his contemporary narrative-based song-writing by infusing it with shapenote, gospel and work song influences. The release caused a wave of media and audience attention for an album that saw Sam reach new heights in his song-writing. As a result he was invited to perform on BBC 2s Later with Jools Holland in autumn 2012, was filmed for the BBC 4 special The Enigma of Nic Jones.
NEW Saturday 11 June 2016 - Martyn Joseph
Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.. Autumn 2015 marked the release of Martyn’s brand new studio album, “Sanctuary” and he’ll be showcasing these new songs, along with other familiar and much loved material. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart.
***** End of World Unlimited Kingskerswell feature *****

***** FINALLY - your regular reminder for... *****
Friday 29 April 2016 7.30pm - Gigspanner 'Big Band' - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Gigspanner 'Big Band' = Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Vincent Salzfas, Phillip Henry, Hannah Martin
Separately, Gigspanner (Peter Knight, fiddle; Roger Flack, guitar; Vincent Salzfas, percussion) and BBC 2014 Folk Awards Best Duo Phillip Henry (slide guitar and harmonica) & Hannah Martin (fiddle) have already built massive reputations for fantastic music, but put all five brilliant musicians together on the same stage - at the same time! – and you have an incredibly special treat in store from the Gigspanner 'Big Band'. Doors and real ale bar open at 6.45pm. Real ale bar supplied by The Bay Horse Inn, Totnes. Tickets £16.50, student/U18 £12. Click here for ticketing options.
***** Presented as a fundraiser by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk *****

 

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28/1/16

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 28 January 2016

Do any Morris sides need new hazel sticks? See item at foot of this email.

The first section of today's circular essentially contains all NEW events up to the end of March that I haven't previously listed individually in full. The following 'More in brief' contains one-liners for everything else (previously listed in full) up to the end of February. The full Diary listings in simple chronological order appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

NEW Amalthea: Flute and Harp Fantasia
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Amalthea charms the audiences with their unique programmes and ability to create a beautiful and unforgettable atmosphere. Classically trained, Klio and Siobhan draw inspiration from both the baroque and classical eras as well as from different cultures and continents thus creating a unique blend of sounds. They have performed both as soloists and ensemble players in venues such as St Jamess Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Wallace Collection, St Johns Smith Square, The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Modern, Shakespeare Music Society, The Blenheim Music Circle, The Royal Academy of Arts and Blackheath Halls in London and have recently toured Dorset as part of the Artsreach Touring Scheme. Amalthea will present works by Debussy, Mozart, Ravel and Shankar amongst others. www.amaltheaduo.com.
Wednesday 2 March 2016 - Longdown, Holcombe Burnell Church EX6 7RZ
Thursday 3 March 2016 - Ashprington, St David's ChurchTQ9 7UR
Friday 4 March 2016 - Sheepstor St. Leonard's Church PL20 6PF
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Awliscombe St. Michael's Church EX14 3AH

NEW Thursday 3 March 2016 8pm - Theo Bard - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Inspired songwriter and live music obsessive, Theo Bard is to be found in all the most beautiful, unusual and intimate music spots across the UK, singing his own unique brand of urban folk. His expert picking on the guitar, bold beats and uplifting lyrics combine to make a sound that is both timeless and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of his beloved London. He's also the man behind the legendary Woodburner nights that bring together the wealth of talent in London's acoustic music scene in some of the most beautiful venues Hackney has to offer. £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Red Dirt Skinners
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
The band's rule-breaking individuality has led to them being the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards. The band’s music has wide appeal and comfortably blends Blues, Americana, Folk and Country Music. Audiences the world over describe them as “refreshingly different”. From the first song of the show, it is immediately evident that they love performing live. The Skinners’ close vocal harmonies have been described as “sublime” and “beyond perfection”. Rob and Sarah particularly love the opportunity to interact with audiences both during and after their shows. www.reddirtskinners.com. Tickets £7 from The Red Lion or tel 01363 775468. A Villages In Action event; also appearing at the following VIA venues (see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for details):
Thursday 3 March 2016 - Buckland in the Moor Community Hall, TQ13 7EW
Friday 4 March 2016 - Highweek Village Hall, TQ12 1QA
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Talaton Parish Hall, EX5 2RJ

NEW Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Rosa Rebecka: Travels With My Grandmother’s Guitar - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A singer-songwriter with a reputation for intimate and engaging acoustic performances, Rosa Rebecka moved from Sweden to Devon to study the English Folk tradition, sharing her Swedish musical heritage with new audiences. This one woman show tells the story of its central performer, a 110 year old guitar, through story and song, mapping out a family story spanning the generations with Rosa’s own emotionally charged songs interspersed with Swedish folk music and family favourites. Rosa’s Great Grandmother Katrina was born on a tiny island in the Swedish archipelago. When she was a girl she was given a guitar, one of the very first to be made by the famous Levin company in Gothenburg. She died tragically young, leaving five small children, who inherited her love of music and this very special instrument, passed down from mother to daughter ever since. In Travels With My Grandmother’s Guitar, Katrina’s guitar is joined by a host of other instruments, from her son-in-law’s mandolin to a Tibetan singing bowl, each with its own tale to tell. Rosa Rebecka’s haunting, clear voice tells personal stories of love and loss which are at the same time universal tales of life and hope. www.rosarebecka.com. Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 5 March 2016 7pm - Ceilidh / Barn Dance with Spinach For Norman - Parish Hall, Bratton Clovelly, Okehampton EX20 4JT
Tickets adv £7.50 (£2.50 accompanied U14s), door £8.50 (£3.50). Contact: Martin Henning 01837 871498 / s4n@talk21.com. www.spinachfornorman.com. Fundraiser for Bratton Clovelly Music and Arts Festival - September 2017.

NEW Tuesday 8 March 2016 8pm - Spring Session at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons’ Half Hours with Roger Smith, Pennymoor Chorus. Guest MC Leith Whittington

NEW Thursday 10 March 2016 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel), have joined forces as an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, with a programme of beautiful folk music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe. www.cosgraveandbanks.com. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Thursday 10 March 2016 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album, is a mixture of retrospective solo and duo arrangements recorded during an afternoon at the esteemed Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Live at Southern Ground features Martin on Weissenborn… a traditional Hawaiian acoustic guitar played across the lap, resonators and archtops, and of course Daniel Kimbro on upright bass. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martin-harley-daniel-kimbro.
Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Thursday 10 March 2016 - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return for Mill favourites Rag Mama Rag. Husband and wife duo, Ashley and Deborah, deliver a barnstorming mix of 20's and 30's Mississippi Blues and ragtime, alongside original compositions. Playing everything from lapsteel and bottleneck guitar, to dobro, ukulele, washboard, harmonica, spoons and African drum, they'll have your feet tapping and a smile on your face from start to finish! www.rag-mama-rag.com. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

NEW Jim Causley
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Jim Causley is a renowned Devon-based folk singer and musician with a range of solo show options available, including a West Country material themed show (traditional and original songs); A Charles Causley-themed show or a general evening of his own songs and traditional material. Jim became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple. After studying Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West Country. A skilled entertainer, Jim is well-known for his natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed and playful stage presence. www.jimcausley.co.uk.
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Starcross St Paul's Church EX6 8QB - tickets online www.wegottickets.com/event/345111 or Alison Miles 01626 890957.
Friday 11 March 2016 - Puddington Village Hall EX16 8LP
Saturday 12 March 2016 - Peter Tavy Village Hall PL19 9NS
Saturday 19 March 2016 - Clayhidon Parish Hall EX15 3PL

NEW Friday 11 March 2016 8.30pm - The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
We’re delighted to welcome back guitar maestro Nicolas Meier, one of our most popular performers at Calstock Arts. This time he’s joined by Pete Oxley, with a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America and English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more! For their live gigs, the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project play with spontaneity and an intuitive interplay that keeps them fresh. Expect the unexpected! Nicolas is also part of guitar supremo Jeff Beck’s band and is taking time out for this short tour of the UK, to promote his new album. Pete regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, Bobby Wellins and John Etheridge. “Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this”. ~ The Observer March 2015. Sample video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzCE0mD9Nfg.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 12 March 2016 7.30pm - Brooks Williams Returns - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, with a bit of jazz and rockabilly thrown in for good measure, Brooks Williams is a genre defying guitarist singer. "How soulful a solo guitarist can be when he has talent, taste and astonishing technique." (Blues Revue) “Classy, tasteful, bright, and hugely enjoyable!" (Blues Matters). Details www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/events/2016/mar-12/brooks-williams-returns.

NEW Saturday 12 March 2016 7.30pm - Fraich 'Airs French and English Dance - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Come and join 'Fraich 'Airs' for music, dancing and fun, a 4-person folk band (flute – melodeon/ concertina/ bombard/ whistles – guitar/ vocals – violin/ double bass). 'Fraich 'Airs' bring traditional dance, music and song from Brittany, France and the UK, with traditional musical instruments, playing for a wide variety of dances. French and Breton dances will be shown and led by Patricia Long and English ceilidh dances called by Gill Spence, for a fun and family friendly evening. Tickets: Adult £8, U16 £5, Family (2 adults + 2 U16) £22  www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Sunday 13 March 2016 7.45pm - Steve Tilston - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
With the likes of Fairport Convention and Bruce Springsteen having covered his songs, steve is undoubtedly one of the courntry's finest singer/songwriter/guitarists. Probably best known for "Slipjigs & Reels", more recently he has contributed to the Radio Ballads and is collaborating with Jez Lowe on "Writes and Songs". An outstanding artiste.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 13 March 2016 8pm - Martin Simpson - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Martin Simpson is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. www.martinsimpson.com. £15 adv/£17 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 17 March 2016 - Edwina Hayes - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Yorkshire-based Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Bob Harris among her fans. Her beautifully written songs and charming stage presence have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-americana. www.edwinahayes.com. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

NEW Friday 18 March 2016 8pm - d'Accord presents: Bernard Loffet - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
We are very lucky that our invitation to Bernard Loffet to play at d'Accord in March was accepted. if you have not had the experience of dancing to Bernard's music then this is a fantastic opportunity. Bernard Loffet plays diatonic accordion (melodeon), he is out there playing for the dance alongside the dancers, he manages to play the music, sing & dance all at the same time. Rarely seen over here, but sought after in his native Brittany where he is known as the "barefoot accordionist". We have Dave Faulkner & Steve Turner as support band. The evening starts at 8pm, tea & biscuits as usual. Admission £8.
 www.daccordexeter.co.uk (French & Breton dance).
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The d'Accord boat trip has been booked for Sunday 5 June 2016 10.30am to 2.00pm from Exmouth Docks.

NEW Saturday 19 March 2016 8pm - Martha Tilston: The Oxygen Tour - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
With her serene voice and heartfelt, provoking lyrics has an incredible way of touching and captivating everyone who hears her. Her new tour is an electric union of her traditional folk background with her passion for acoustic, trip-hop, electronica experimentation. She combines her natural gifts with great skill, entwining raw vocals and melodies with flowing trip-hop movements. As always she is lyrically and musically questioning, confirming and revealing the wonders of our humanness. www.marthatilston.co.uk. Last time she was here, in 2008, the hall was packed to the rafters so we recommend getting tickets in advance. See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

NEW Saturday 19 March 2016 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing + balcony seating. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. www.maddogmcrea.co.uk. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/mad-dog-mcrea-3. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Saturday 19 March 2016 7.30pm - Affinitée - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Come to the cabaret, old chums, French style food and the wonderful Affinitée evoking Piaf and other chansonnières, with accordion and guitar accompaniment. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk/events/affinitee.

NEW Saturday 19 March 2016 - BarlowCree - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
The Kingston Spring Seasonal Concert: An exciting collaboration between Liam Millinship and Jonny Mathew, BarlowCree is a Cardiff based acoustic duo performing original material and adaptations of traditional and contemporary folk songs. Why BarlowCree? You’ll have to come along to find out! "Barlowcree... their original songs are powerful and their covers are... well, original." (Genevieve Tudor - BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester). Tel. 01548 810806 for details.

NEW Sunday 20 March 2016 7.30pm  - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Ewan McLennan - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. From a BBC Horizon Award for his debut album to his recent performances on the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music. Ewan McLennan's new album, 'Stories Still Untold', is already attracting critical acclaim and is sure to further cement him as "one of the bright lights on the folk scene today". 'Ewan McLennan has realised his potential on a wonderful album of traditional folk.' The Telegraph. 'McLennan continues his evolution into a major figure on the folk scene...an artist whose music lives and breathes.' Songlines. 'A gorgeous, lilting voice. So moving.’ MOJO.  Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, £8(+) advance from www.wegottickets.com or Paragon Books, High St., Sidmouth.

NEW Friday 25 March 2016 - Fraser Anderson & Red Foot Crow - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map).
Info, samples www.fraseranderson.com and https://soundcloud.com/red-foot-crow. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

NEW Saturday 26 March 2016 8pm - The Wurzels - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Standing/seated. Formed in 1966 by Adge Cutler, the Bard of Avonmouth, this bunch of haystack-headed, cider-soaked and dung-booted, not-quite-so-young Avonside lads play good-time traditional Zummerzet Scrumpy 'n' Western music. The band has had considerable commercial success from their 1967 anthem Drink Up Thy Zider to the heights of the chart-topping Combine Harvester in 1976. Big in Nempnett Thrubwell, these guys are huge across the whole county! www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2303_the_wurzels.

NEW Sunday 17 April 2016 8pm - The Acoustic Strawbs - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The Strawbs were always an intriguing band, pushing the barriers and weaving a route that lay somewhere between Trad Folk and Spandex Rock n' Roll. It was an unlikely combination but somehow it worked, and when he wrote 'Part Of The Union' and 'Lay Down', Dave Cousins came up with a couple of classic songs, songs that sound as great now as they did way back when. With Brian Willoughby and Dave Lambert making up the gang, the Acoustic Strawbs still play with the kind of fire that leaves many of the young pretenders tripping over their squeeze boxes. Tickets £15 adv, £17 door, from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

NEW Saturday 17 April 2016 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW 19-21 August 2016 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park
Tickets go on sale on 8 February, with line-up and theme to be announced on 4 March. www.beautifuldays.org.

Feature: 2016 Spring Programme from the 'Folk on the Moor' Club, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
The club meets weekly every Sunday evening (except August), starting at 7.45pm prompt. Always a great guest list - see below.
Optional membership fee gives £2 reduction for guest nights. Sundays not specified are open nights. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk:
Sunday 21 February - John Kirkpatrick
An icon of English folk music, John has been a member of the Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson Band, Brass Monkey, etc, having featured on over 200 recordings. Best known as a squeezebox virtuoso (melodeon, anglo concertina, button accordion), he is also a songwriter, composer, choreographer and musical director.
NEW Sunday 13 March - Steve Tilston
With the likes of Fairport Convention and Bruce Springsteen having covered his songs, steve is undoubtedly one of the courntry's finest singer/songwriter/guitarists. Probably best known for "Slipjigs & Reels", more recently he has contributed to the Radio Ballads and is collaborating with Jez Lowe on "Writes and Songs". An outstanding artiste
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NEW
Sunday 10 April - Louise Jordan
A second visit for this rising star, Louise is a singer from Salisbury, rapidly making a big name for herself, having performed alongside the likes of Ralph McTell and Phil Beer. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, cello), with a fine, pure voice, Louise writes songs with honesty and intensity. "Absoltely, totally and completely brilliant" (Mike Harding).
NEW Sunday 24 April - Sunjay
Another rising star, Sunjay has been playing guitar since he was 4 and has a musical matruity way beyond his years. A finalist in the 2012 Young folk Awards, with a host of other nominations, he has gone on to support Martin Simpson and Steeleye Span with his unique blend of folk and blues. "He's a wizard on the guitar; I think I'd call it jazz-folk!" (Vin Garbutt).
NEW Sunday 8 May - Clive Gregson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Manchester born but having lived in the USA for over 20 years, Clive is a truly international star. A gifted songwriter and guitarist, he is in constant demand as a session musician and producer, as well as supporting top names such as Richard Thompson and Eddie Reader. Clive's solo performance will leave you in no doubt as to his amazing talents.

***** End of Folk On The Moor feature

Feature Venue: Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on an ever-expanding range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, various dance forms, and much more, Their recently released Spring & Summer Events Guide can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF from the website http://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange. Parking tip: We invariably use the nearby Mary Arches Car Park when we go to the Corn Exchange - and usually find that the barrier is up (i.e. no need to pay) by the time we leave for home late evening. The following may be of interest to the 'folk' audience:
NEW
Wednesday 24 February - Fairport Convention
After nearly 50 years on the road Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. This year's Spring Tour presents a more intimate take on the band's repertoire. This concert will showcase brand new songs and tunes from the band's 2015 album Myths And Heroes. - however, favourites from the band's back catalogue will not be forgotten. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507.
NEW Wednesday 13 April - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
Both John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett remain enigmas to the vast majority of the British public, but for those who know they are amongst the top ten of favourite artists to see live. The show is a wonderful eclectic mix of bizarre humour, superb visual effects, fine guitar playing and the best use of a Theremin anywhere. Wild Willy Barrett is one of the most accomplished multi-instrumentalists working today, playing acoustic classical guitar with an original style and virtuosity few could match. His musical style is witty and his humour onstage is dry.. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485.
NEW Wednesday 6 April - Feast Of Fiddles
Feast of Fiddles on their 23rd annual spring tour. The band that has been variously likened to a "group of geography teachers" or ‘Bellowhead with bus passes’ doesn't seem to be slowing down. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion - all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15613.
NEW Monday 25 April - Spirit of Ireland
The Spirit Of Ireland, now celebrating 30 years touring worldwide, was Irish dancing’s first national and international success story. The production has gone from strength to strength, evolving over time to become one of the most exciting and popular cultural, dance and music products to come out of Ireland. Featuring a cast of champion dancers and musicians, this diverse production offers the audience a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance. The Spirit of Ireland prides itself in respecting core traditions of Irish music & dance culture with a team of talented and highly respected musicians, singers & dancers, who provide a truly authentic experience. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15614.
NEW Monday 9 May - The Fureys
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys are renowned for their hit songs ‘ When You Were Sweet Sixteen', 'The Green Fields of France', 'The Old Man', 'Red Rose Café', 'Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway', 'Leaving Nancy' plus many more. The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers. Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of The Fureys. Their emotive songs stir many emotions.... tears and laughter, sadness and joy Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.
***** End of Exeter Corn Exchange feature

Folk Dance Club News
Harberton Folk does not list folk dance clubs but I've picked up from Steve Cunio's Sadfolk weekly e-missive (Somerset & Dorset folk news, www.sadfolk.co.uk) that Gittisham Folk Dance Club nr Honiton now has its own website at http://gittishamfolkdanceclub.wordpress.com.
This is also a good opportunity to tell you that full details of all folk dance clubs in our area (and beyond) can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC

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21/1/16

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 21 January 2016

It's always enormously difficult trying to decide what to include (and what not!) in my email listings without them becoming overwhelmingly long - and without showing any undue bias. So today's version gives full listings for all events I'm aware over the next 4 weeks or so, and then 'More in brief' this time contains one-liners for all events through to the end of March, which at a quick count I make 58 + 45 entries in total (plus some other advance dates). We are indeed spoilt for choice. JC

Well out of our area, but of possible interest (included by special request)
12-14 February 2016 - Folk Orchestra and Ukelele Wekeend - Hawkwood College near Stroud, Glos.
Whatever acoustic instrument you play (fiddle, fretted instruments, whistles/flute, squeeze boxes or similar) you're welcome! You are also welcome if you simply like to sing. You'll work through about eight tunes and songs in small groups, then come back together for the whole "orchestra" on Sunday. You don't need to read music, but no absolute beginners, please. Music can be obtained in advance from the tutor: jon.bennett@dsl.pipex.com. Please BYO instrument(s). Jon Bennett is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in singing, fretted instruments, whistles and fiddle. He has taught individuals and groups at festivals and events across the country and is based in Oxford. Full details including residential options see www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk.

Otterton Mill: Music nights resuming in March
East Devon’s Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map), under new management, resumes its programme of music nights with:
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return for Mill favourites Rag Mama Rag. Husband and wife duo, Ashley and Deborah, deliver a barnstorming mix of 20's and 30's Mississippi Blues and ragtime, alongside original compositions. Playing everything from lapsteel and bottleneck guitar, to dobro, ukulele, washboard, harmonica, spoons and African drum, they'll have your feet tapping and a smile on your face from start to finish! www.rag-mama-rag.com. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.
Thursday 17th March 2016 - Edwina Hayes - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Yorkshire-based Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Bob Harris among her fans. Her beautifully written songs and charming stage presence have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-americana. www.edwinahayes.com. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

More in brief - this time contains one-liners for everything up to the end of March. The full Diary listings can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
UPDATED
Zulu Tradition See www.villagesinaction.co.uk
Wednesday 2 March 2016 - Lustleigh Village Hall
NEW Amalthea: Flute and Harp Fantasia See www.villagesinaction.co.uk
Wednesday 2 March 2016 - Longdown, Holcombe Burnell Church
Thursday 3 March 2016 - Ashprington, St David's Church
Friday 4 March 2016 - Sheepstor St. Leonard's Church
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Awliscombe St. Michael's Church
NEW Thursday 3 March 2016 8pm - Theo Bard - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth
NEW
Red Dirt Skinners See www.villagesinaction.co.uk
Thursday 3 March 2016 - Buckland in the Moor Community Hall
Friday 4 March 2016 - Highweek Village Hall
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Talaton Parish Hall
NEW Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Rosa Rebecka: Travels With My Grandmother’s Guitar - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
NEW Tuesday 8 March 2016 8pm - Spring Session at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village
NEW Thursday 10 March 2016 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes
NEW Thursday 10 March 2016 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Exeter Phoenix
NEW Thursday 10 March 2016 - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton
NEW
Jim Causley See www.villagesinaction.co.uk
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Starcross St Paul's Church - tickets online www.wegottickets.com/event/345111 or Alison Miles 01626 890957.
Friday 11 March 2016 - Puddington Village Hall
Saturday 12 March 2016 - Peter Tavy Village Hall
Saturday 19 March 2016 - Clayhidon Parish Hall
Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - Double Bill: Jenna Witts / Simon Barron - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter
NEW
Friday 11 March 2016 8.30pm - The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
NEW Saturday 12 March 2016 7.30pm - Fraich 'Airs French and English Dance - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton
Sunday 13 March 2016 2.30pm - Phil Beer - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham
NEW Sunday 13 March 2016 8pm - Martin Simpson - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham
NEW Thursday 17 March 2016 - Edwina Hayes - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG
Sold out Thursday 17 March 2016 -  Steve Knightley: All At Sea - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
NEW Friday 18 March 2016 - d'Accord Breton Music & Dance - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter

NEW Saturday 19 March 2016 8pm -
Martha Tilston: The Oxygen Tour - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
NEW Saturday 19 March 2016 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Exeter Phoenix
NEW Saturday 19 March 2016 7.30pm - Affinitée - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth
NEW
Saturday 19 March 2016 - BarlowCree - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge
NEW Friday 25 March 2016 - Fraser Anderson & Red Foot Crow - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes
NEW Saturday 26 March 2016 8pm - The Wurzels - Tavistock Wharf

UPDATED ***** Tickets now also available from The Bay Horse Inn in Totnes (when it re-opens tomorrow after renovations)*****
Friday 29 April 2016 7.30pm - Gigspanner 'Big Band' - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Gigspanner 'Big Band' = Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Vincent Salzfas, Phillip Henry, Hannah Martin
Separately, Gigspanner (Peter Knight, fiddle; Roger Flack, guitar; Vincent Salzfas, percussion) and BBC 2014 Folk Awards Best Duo Phillip Henry (slide guitar and harmonica) & Hannah Martin (fiddle) have already built massive reputations for fantastic music, but put all five brilliant musicians together on the same stage - at the same time! – and you have an incredibly special treat in store from the Gigspanner 'Big Band'. Doors and real ale bar open at 6.45pm. Real ale bar supplied by The Bay Horse Inn, Totnes. Tickets £16.50, student/U18 £12. Click here for ticketing options.
***** Presented as a fundraiser by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk *****

More in brief - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Tuesday 5 April -
Show of Hands: Long Way Home Tour - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton

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New Folk Club - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Venue: Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=293187&Y=92189&A=Y&Z=110&ax=293187&ay=92189
(This replaces the Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn)
First official night: Friday 26 February 2016 8pm (Open Club night), last Friday of the month (except December). Admission £1. This new club will be held in the newly-refurbished and extended function room that will hold up to 60 people and is very comfortable and intimate. Table-top bar serving the essential drinks (beers, lager, cider, wines and soft drinks). Prices a lot lower than pub prices. Teas & coffees available (with biscuits). Limited parking in the club car park. Free street parking available outside the club. Access to the club is through open green gates in Lyndhurst Road, off Victoria Park Road.  Full wheel-chair access and disabled toilet. Message from club organisers: Due to ongoing difficulties at the Ley Arms, securing nights and regularity, we have decided to move venues. On the positive side we think this is a very good move and look forward to welcoming old and new faces to the new tennis club venue. For more information contact: leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW First concert night at the new Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - Double Bill: Jenna Witts / Simon Barron -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Jenna Witts is a talented singer and songwriter from North Devon with an excellent voice, who has supported Show Of Hands on 5 nationwide tours, including a notable appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. She has toured and played alongside such names as Seth Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends and Elkie Brooks. She has released three critically-acclaimed albums, her latest being Hitchhiker. Jenna plays keyboards and acoustic guitar. www.jennawitts.com. Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. www.sibarron.eu, www.barronbrady.com. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

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East Devon: Jurassic Folk and Jam to Merge
[edited] "We have some very exciting news. Jurassic Folk started in Seaton, and later moved to Beer. There have been some problems at the Beer venue. At a recent meeting the Organising Body decided that we should move back to Seaton, where parking is more readily available, and the roads are better. The Organising Body decided that we would move to the Eyre Court Hotel in Seaton (www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk). It has an air-conditioned conservatory in which we will meet. The address is 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY.
It was also decided that we should merge the Jam and Folk nights together. This will make for more varied evenings. New Jurassic Folk and Jam will run on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except in August. Do come along on Wednesday 20 January for our first night in the new venue. From this time we shall function entirely at Eyre Court in Seaton. It is hoped that the new venue will be more reliable and that being in Seaton will attract more folk, whether they be singers, instrumentalists or spectators. All are welcome. Admission is free.
If you want to know more you can either visit www.jurassicfolkandjam.com or telephone Andrew or June on 01404 46451. Mobile 07976 533520. Please tell all those whom you know, of these new developments. We hope to have a large crowd of performers and spectators. Flyers will be available on the evening for all to hand out or display.
Andrew & June"

New 2016 Format for Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Entrance price on singers nights reduced to £1 performers, £2 non-performers, raising funds for guests (no raffle). We are also changing the format for singers nights. We are fortunate in that there are many performers who are very good and deserve a longer spot. So with this in mind we are going to keep the last 30 mins or so of each singers night for a longer spot from one of these floor performers.
If you have any ideas that you would like to put forward for how we could improve the club for you then please just drop me a line. Or any negative things that put you off!
Next Thursday 24 January we were due to have Bob & Gill Berry but they are ill and have had to cancel. Instead we are going to have our first singers night with a longer performance from Charlie and Emma Wilson. Charlie plays guitar and they both sing in exquisite harmony. Beautiful arrangements and lovely voices.
Next booked guests:
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Cosgrave & Banks (Mike Cosgrave & Steve Banks) www.cosgraveandbanks.com
Thursday 14 July 2016 - Steve Turner - www.steve-turner.co.uk

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
SFW has just (14/12/15) sent its first e-newsletter about the 2016 event with details of an amazing line-up, super early bird ticket deals now available etc. Don't miss out - join the e-circulation yourself at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

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NEW Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (winter newsletter), Kingsteignton
Featured Artist Events - These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm.
23 November – Steve Buxton - a charity event for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust; 7 December – John Lockwood – our talented singer and 12 string guitar player, with accompaniment by Bass Player Mark Thomas; 14 December – £1000 presentation to Rowcroft Hospice; 21 December – Christmas Party Night (there will be mince pies); 28th December - Closed; 4th January – New Year Event. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. For 2016 we are currently arranging an exciting programme of local "Featured Artists", which will include Josie Lloyd and Marc Woodward.
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information
We always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night in The Estuary Courtyard, Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. During the summer months we welcomed a total of 164 German tourists who were staying at the Passage House Hotel.
Kind Regards Martin

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. Programme includes:
Sunday 12 December 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Sky Walkers
Friday 15 January 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Appaloosas
Friday 22 January 2016 8pm- An Evening with Bob Fox, WarHorse Songman
Saturday 6 February 2016 8pm - Wildwood Kin
Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Luke Daniels
Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Rosa Rebecka

Folk Dance Clubs
Some readers may have noticed that I don't normally include any details of Folk Dance Clubs (club nights, events etc.) in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs.html, along with a wealth of information about many other topics 'folk'.
But this item has been prompted by a specific request from by a reader to mention the following:
Exeter Folk Dance Club at The Palace Gate Centre, Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter 7.30-10pm: October 30 Aileen Wills & The Balcony Band; November 27 Pam Hayes & Live Music; December 11 Xmas Party and Bring and Share, Simon Maplesden & Jigs for Gigs

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Crabshell Music Kingsbridge - an Update from Neil White
You have'\t heard from me since the Crabshell Records Showcase concert but I hoped you might appreciate a Crabshell music update. It’s unlikely there will be any more regular Crabshell Concerts and I expect you already know that the monthly 1st Thursday sing-arounds in the bar are no more. The pub has just got too busy (and noisy) for these to continue as they were.
However... My pal, Paul Rossiter, is initiating a new, rather different, acoustic venture upstairs in the Function Room. Some of our most notable local musicians will be invited to strut their stuff with 10 to 25 minutes for their appearance. The first of these events will be this Thursday 8 October from 8pm prompt to about 10.15pm. Performers booked for this date will include gifted multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter John Connor; the stunning voices of “songsisters" Mahrey & Nicola; the distinguished veteran musicians, Les Noden & Nigel Sture, appearing as “Bollards”; and the lively, talented duo, Johnny Mac and Janet with songs, guitar, fiddle and mandolin.
Diary! Thereafter the sessions will be at the same time on each second Thursday of the month into April (except December)
Free entry. All Seated. All acoustic. 2 for 1 Fish & Chips with your Crabshell loyalty card (apply at the bar).

About Crabshell Music Itself
Neil White's Crabshell Music catalogue ("Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musiciams who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities.") includes recordings by talented local performers such as Bollards (Les Noden & Nigel Sture), The Old Gaffers, Vic Wilcox & Johnny Kimble, Devil's Footsteps, Storm UK, John Connor, Rumpus. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html for full details.

And Another Topical Local CD Release (by Steve Banks) - John Smart's Bottle
Perhaps you caught one of the news item very recently about Napoleon Bonaparte's visit 200 years ago to Devon before being shipped off to exile in St Helena? Local Steve Banks (of The Carnival Band, Blue Jewel etc.) writes of his new CD:
"It brings to life Napoleon’s extraordinary visit to Brixham Quay on 24th July 1815, two hundred years ago. In 2012, John Risdon, the historian from Galmpton who helped me with the Dart Songs album, suggested a further collaboration, about the local history of the Napoleonic Wars, and the smuggling trade that went along with it. The central story was of Napoleon being brought to Brixham quay aboard the Belerophon (the “Billy Ruffian”) in July 1815, a few weeks after his defeat at Waterloo. There is an extraordinary real life account of this visit, through the eyes of one John Smart of Brixham, who, at 10 years old, was enjoying the special holiday to celebrate the Waterloo victory, down at Brixham quay with his mates Charlie and Dick Puddicombe, when they spied two ships of the line coming around Berry Head. The amazing drama that unfolded, is told in the title song of the album, John Smart’s Bottle."
The CD also has community involvement through The Old Gaffers, Maggie Duffy, and Brixham Folk Club. Well worth a listen to the sample tracks here www.bluejewel.info/john-smarts-bottle/john-smarts-bottle-listen-to-tracks.

Folk Song Clubs
I don't normally include any details of regular Folk Song Club singers'/musicans' nights in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk. However, Andy Clarke has sent the following to his email list ahead of the regular monthly club night for Totnes Folk Song Club tomorrow Thursday 8 October which I'm happy to reproduce:
"A special welcome to all the new people on the mailing list for Totnes folk club. The club is held on the second Thursday every month upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn Totnes starting at 8 ish and (usually) every other month is a guest performers or performers. I try to book people you may not have heard of but who deserve to be seen. There are other venue’s locally that do a great job of booking big names but the travelling troubadours who have (often) been around for a long time do not get the kind of recognition they deserve even though they give first class performances. We have had some superb guest performers over the years, many of which the audience just came along on spec, not sure what they were getting. So please do check out the video clips I put up of the performers we book and give the club your support, we can’t survive without you! We also have a great deal of talent amongst our floor singers and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for making the club a great night out. I can honestly say that our singers nights are really great fun and for a couple of quid you can’t really go wrong.
This coming Thursday 8th Oct is a singers night so if you fancy having a go, if you play Siberian nose flute whilst whistling Dixie or you strike the gay harp with a hammer or you just would like to use a song sheet to help you remember words….come along, upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn. 8pm-ish £3 non performers £2 performers.
Next month Sarah McQuaid www.sarahmcquaid.com/press-group-8.html."

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Lympstone Folk: A new addition to 'Folk (Song) Clubs' page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk -
2nd Wednesday of each month (except August), 9-11pm, Globe Inn, The Strand, Lympstone, EX8 5EY. Close to station and car park. Singers, musicians and audience welcome. Join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/130235653662071 for monthly reminder or contact Olly Davey, 01395 225075 for details.

Session News - New Session - Churchstow
A new regular first Thursday (8.15pm) of each month session, organised by John Connor, has started at the Church House Inn, Churchstow, the next will be on 1 October, and the first Thursday of each month thereafter.
John Connor also runs Open Mic sessions at the Dolphin Inn, Kingston. The next is on 25 September from 8pm - see www.facebook.com/dolphinopenmic.connor.1?fref=ts. Also occasional open mics at the Exeter Inn, Modbury.

More Session News - Axminster; Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
2 x RIP
Axminster: Axminster Inn, Silver St EX13 5AH (01297 34947, Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic/acoustic session “Relatively quiet, but enjoyable!”
Not happening.
Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155), Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “I had a text from the organisers of the session at The Bristol Castle as I went to it occasionally.
That has finished, they are looking for another venue in the area but I think it will be a week night.” Greg.

Session news - Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
NEW ADDITION - Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155). Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “Singers, musicians, all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand. Beginners welcome. Refreshments.”

Along The Coleridge Way
Also received from Tony Watts - admittedly outside our cover area, but not too far away - an interesting project:
In October 2015, at 14 intimate concert venues along the route of The Coleridge Way, Award winning folk musicians Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater present an exquisite evening of original music inspired by the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The tour starts on October 3 just across the road from Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey (Somerset), and ends on October 18 in the Lynmouth Pavilion. Full details
www.alongthecoleridgeway.co.uk.

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Exeter Corn Exchange - Diary Dates (not all folk, but some popular names, all on sale now)
Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm - Eddi Reader
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416
Friday 13 November 7.30pm - Donovan
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15541
Saturday 23 January 2016 7.30pm - Elkie Brooks
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15428
Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507
Wednesday 13 April 2016 8pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485
Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.

Session news - South Brent
Nothing new here, just reminders of various regular happenings in two pubs in this busy village:
The Oak
Folk music session – a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song on the third Thursday of the month from 8.00pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Pack Horse Inn
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on alternate Tuesdays (8 & 22 September; 6 & 20 October): - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
17 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings.

Session news (Plymouth)
This may well have been going for ages, but it's one I hadn't heard of:
Bristol Castle Pub, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.) Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EP
Regular 2nd Sunday afternoon (3pm) folk music session, singers, musicians all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand beginners welcome - refreshments. For contact details (Kathy) see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.
www.flaxey-green.co.uk provides extensive details of dozens of regular sessions happening across our area.

More session news, various, taken direct from Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates
(see http://sanchobramble.weebly.com for more details)
Discontinued: Exmouth: 11a Church Street (restaurant & bar) EX8 1PE (01395 223195); was Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic + jamming. Discontinued – premises now under new name and management.
New addition: Bishopsteignton: Red Rock Brewery, Higher Humber Farm TQ14 9TD (01626 879738) Every Thursday, 7.30pm. ‘Folk Club’. “Not really a club - and not JUST folk music. You can usually expect to play 2 sets - 3 songs overall - and the earlier you arrive, the sooner you play. Come as an individual, or a small group - bring friends and family - join in with others, make new friends. All genres - all levels - all instruments - just NO mic, and NO amps - totally acoustic.”
Revised entry: Sidmouth: The Marine, The Esplanade EX10 8BB (01395 513145, www.themarinesidmouth.com) Open mic: Alternate Fridays, from 9.30pm. Free entry. All welcome. In-house PA, mics and guitar available if required.

Outside our area, but sad news about a long-established West-Country folk club
Eileen Ann Moore writes:
Closure of the Acorn Folk Club
"The Acorn Folk Club was founded in Minehead, Somerset in 2002 by the late John Moore, and carried on from 2005 by his widow Eileen Ann with the help of Jim Parham and a willing team of volunteers. During these thirteen years nearly 100 outstanding and leading guests on the national and international folk scene have been hosted. The platform granted for regular and visiting talented floor spots has been well used, and a loyal and enthusiastic audience has been developed, earning the Acorn the reputation of "one of the best, if not the best, folk clubs around". Due to unforeseen circumstances it has been decided regrettably to close the Acorn Folk Club and so the new 14th season will not be starting on 6th September 2015 as previously planned. Eileen Ann and Jim have enjoyed running the club and meeting and hosting such a wide variety of people, whether professional or amateur performers or listeners, and have made lasting friendships. They would like to thank all who have contributed in any way in making the Acorn Folk Club the success it has been. EAM"

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sold out Thursday 10 September - Steve Knightley - Otterton Mill's final gig
Friday 18 September - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 25 September - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Sunday 27 September - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 11 October - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Saturday 31 October - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Tuesday 3 November - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Sunday 8 November - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf
Wednesday 11 November - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 15 November - Lau - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Thursday 10 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Saturday 19 December - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington

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Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (late summer newsletter), Kingsteignton
Details of our next Featured Artist Events. These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket.
We are on target to donate another £1000 to Rowcroft Hospice Charity towards the end of the year.
17 August – The John White Band; 7 September – Verity Greenway; 21 September – Nine Pound Catfish; 12 October – Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 26 October – Cornelius Family; 23 November – Steve Buxton; 7 December – John Lockwood
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information and performance videos.
We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.

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(More) Folk news slightly further afield:
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Compiled by Tony Watts. Monthly calendar with email updates mainly of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details. Tony's latest email update notes the following:
South Zeal (nr. Okehampton): King’s Arms EX20 2JP (01837 840300, Dave: 07792 259338,
www.drjams.co.uk). Second Monday of every month, 9pm till 11pm. Open mic. “Please note the Kings Arms Jam in South Zeal is moved back 1 week in August to make way for the [Dartmoor] folk festival.”

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

Session updates - Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL
According to Tony Watts'  latest email circular associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at
http://sanchobramble.weebly.com, the following now applies (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064):
Open mic: First Friday or Saturday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third & fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.

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Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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LIVE MUSIC ACT EXTENSION BRINGS INTO EFFECT
INCREASE IN AUDIENCE FOR UNLICENSED VENUES
The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

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Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website
www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see
www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast -
www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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